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  • First Person a Child’s Exodus from Iran Remembered 25 Years Later

    It’s an unusually mild February afternoon in the waning days of the shah of Iran’s rule some 25 years ago. My family — I’m 12 years old — is at Tehran’s Mehrabad Airport, eager to board the El Al plane, the sole flight leaving Iran. The airport terminal is a slab of concrete that resembles… More ▸

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    A Belgian Jewish soccer team filed a police complaint after anti-Semitic insults were hurled at players. Members of the Maccabi Brussels youth team were greeted with anti-Semitic chants on Oct. 30 when they arrived to play FC Harem, a mainly Turkish team also from the Brussels area, La Libre Belgique reported Wednesday. The referee briefly… More ▸

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    English soccer players visited Auschwitz before their World Cup qualifying game against Poland. Team captain David Beckham was among the players and coaching staff who toured the infamous concentration camp Tuesday. More ▸

  • The 2004 Olympics Jewish Athletes to Compete in Athens for Argentina and Australia

    Olympic teams from countries outside of Israel and the United States will be notably short on Jewish athletes during the Athens Games. Still, from weightliftinglifting to soccer to table tennis, several Jewish athletes will be displaying the colors of their respective countries during the competition in Greece, which gets under way Aug. 13. Following are… More ▸

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    Israeli forces killed at least 15 Palestinians in counterterrorist operations in a Gaza Strip refugee camp. The raid, which began before dawn Tuesday with helicopter missile strikes against terrorist targets in Rafah, was launched despite international appeals for Israel to back down. The United States will stay the course in Iraq, President Bush told pro-Israel… More ▸

  • Mother, Neighbors, Co-workers Among the Dead in Ashdod Attack

    It was an act of kindness reciprocated with murder. Crane mechanic Moshe Hendler, 29, was on his way to wash up after a long day of work at the Ashdod port when, along with a group of fellow workers, he ran into a young man asking for water. They passed him a jug. An instant… More ▸

  • Grocer, High Schoolers and Soldier Among Victims of Jerusalem Terror Blast

    For Shoshi Yosef, the political became much too personal. As secretary to the Israeli consul general in The Hague, Yosef had prepared for around-the-clock advocacy work this week against the International Court of Justice’s hearings on the West Bank security fence. Instead, she found herself back in Israel on Monday to bury her brother, Yehuda… More ▸

  • New England Patriots’ Owner Backs Women’s Football in Israel

    Large numbers of Israelis watched the Super Bowl this week, cheering on the victorious New England Patriots and their philanthropic-minded owner, Robert Kraft. A few weeks later, they’ll be cheering on a very different football team backed by Kraft — a team of young women, many of them Orthodox Jews. Kraft does business in Israel,… More ▸

  • The Ball is Kicked and Fans Are Too: Racism a Problem in Israeli Soccer

    Chanting “Death to the Arabs,” hundreds of young Jewish soccer fans race up a dusty side street to catch a bus carrying fans of the Arab team that had just beat theirs in a tense game. The supporters jeer even after the bus pulls away. Moments earlier, an Arab fan had been hit in the… More ▸